There are plenty of popular choices if you are planning a trip to the Greek Islands, but, more and more, visitors trend toward those more remote and off the beaten path, like Koufonisia.
Koufonisia gives visitors a rare glimpse into what rural life on a Greek island is all about — when the beaches aren’t packed with the techno-beats of clubs and bars and the picturesque streets aren’t lined with endless kitschy tourist shops.
Located in the Aegean’s Cycladic Island chain, Koufonisia consists of two small islands, Upper and Lower Koufonisi, only one of which is inhabited. While most popular Greek Islands have airports and ferries receiving visitors several times a day during the summer months, Koufonisia has no airport and limited ferry access. Blue Star Ferries sails from Athens to the island twice per week, Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer months, and the trip takes approximately eight hours.
There is one main road that traverses the island and few cars. Most people travel on foot and it is possible to travel the entirety of the coastline in less than two hours.
The rugged scenery and natural beauty are what draw visitors to this hidden gem. The waters sparkle in beautiful shades of turquoise and the sunsets are a thing of legend.
The island’s few tavernas serve incredible local dishes flavored with local olive oils and fresh herbs like basil and oregano. Beautiful beaches cover most of the coastline and it is the perfect place to unwind and leave your worries behind.
Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., with some of the most beautiful views of the nation’s capital, Alexandria, Virginia, is one of the most endearing small cities in America. From the historic charm of Old Town to the artistic development of the waterfront and the bohemian flair of Del Ray, Alexandria has something for everyone. With increased attention comes an ever-exploding culinary scene and, despite its size, Alexandria already overflows with excellent options. These five will give you the best representation of the city’s diverse scene.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Picking a destination is perhaps the most important part of planning a trip with your family. If your group includes small children, there are some destinations better suited to your needs than others. Consider these spots for your next trip with the little ones.
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Start your day with breakfast at a colorful eatery: Good Morning Mama’s Cafe. Breakfast is served all day and includes tantalizing options like Italian fried biscuits rolled in sugar and cinnamon, and So-Bro chicken, which includes country-fried chicken, home fries, sausage gravy, eggs and a biscuit. You’ll spend less than $15 for most breakfast items.